Barbarella (1968)

4.5 out of 5

This adaptation to the French comic series, Barbarella, is one-of-a-kind and a love-it-or-hate-it, Dino De Laurentiis, production that stars Jane Fonda as a sexually liberated intergalactic spy. Barbarella’s mission, i.e. the plot, is far from what makes the film a surprisingly entertaining camp-fest, but the sole enjoyment lies in her sexually outlandish encounters with the denizens of the planet Lythion as well as a “fantastique” style with an aesthetic that brings to mind the erotic fantasy artwork of adult Sci-Fi comics.

The 1960s effects involving liquid emulsions and blue screens are easy to poke fun at, but considering the means, are nonetheless impressive and offer a wealth of entertainment for viewers willing to put forth the imagination and lay off being critical for a bit.

David Hemmings showcases his talent for deadpan humor, bringing on the laughs as the revolutionist, Dildano, and John Phillip Law’s wooden acting works favorably for his role as the blind docile angel, Pygar.

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